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No fire safety, Valley View waits for a disaster

india Updated: May 26, 2011 00:54 IST
Divya Sethi
Divya Sethi
Hindustan Times
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The lack of a proper fire safety system in the Valley View Estate high-rise on Sohna Road has been giving sleepless nights to residents.

Many people from the up-scale 18-storey condominium have complained about the indifferent attitude of the resident welfare association (RWA) towards maintenance of the colony.

Finding the firefighting equipment not up to the mark, the Haryana Fire Services has refused to renew the No Objection Certificate (NOC), which is mandatory for such high-rise buildings. The NOC issued earlier, has already expired in December 2010.

HS Sihag, chief fire officer, Haryana Fire Services, said: “We have not renewed their NOC this time because the system was not up to the mark. Further, there is some clash among residents and the RWA. Though we have issued notices and called the office-bearers for a meeting, things are still not clear. We have been on our toes to get things done.”

In the recent past, three incidents of fire, which were controlled well in time, have shaken the confidence of residents who have blamed the RWA.

“The RWA seems to be in deep slumber and are waiting for something serious to happen in this locality of 927 apartments,” a local rued.

Aruna Saini, a resident, said: “We have written to the RWA many times but they are least bothered. Earlier, the builder Ansal was incharge of the maintenance of the complex but it was taken over by the RWA in in April last year.”

She said: “Although it was the responsibility of the developer to have a fire mechanism in place, the RWA should press for it and get it done as we are paying hefty maintenance charges.”

Another resident BK Vig said: “Residents have already seen three fire incidents but the welfare association seems to be waiting for a major disaster to happen.”

Parveen Garg, a founder member and former vice-president of the RWA, said: “After 2010, the maintenance was handed over to RWA.

Thereafter, all the maintenance money is being paid to the association. But there is no record of the expenditure. I waited for four months and then decided to resign as I don't want to be a part of any association which is not doing anything for the betterment of residents.”

RWA president Ankur Dhar said: “The society was managed by Ansals and when we took over, there was no fire extinguishing system. Since then we have been asking the developer to get the system repaired. Ansal has agreed to get it repaired but it is not a time-bound project. We have started work on the project and will try to complete it at the earliest.”